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Hungerford Canal Walk Towards Kintbury

LOCALITY: Hungerford, Berkshire
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Newbury & Hungerford

Walk description:

As you come along the A4, head towards Hungerford town centre. You will come into the town on Bridge Street which has shops lining the street. There is free parking here for an hour, or if you would like to take your time, explore further and perhaps go for a cup of tea after your walk, you will find car parking space, further up the road on High Street. There is a small charge so please take change.

The walk starts from the Hungerford Wharf. If you are in the high street with your back to the railway bridge you will see a bridge going over the canal. Take the path to the left which goes past a fantastic tea shop.

When you get to the Wharf head right towards Newbury by heading under the bridge. The surface is compacted stone and can be uneven in places, watch out of the odd tree root further down the path. This path is more challenging for wheelchairs then walking towards Great Bedwyn - not impossible!

When you get to the bridge you will need to walk around the bridge to continue on the path. You then go through a gate which is wide enough for buggies and wheelchairs.

The path here opens up a bit, however take care with older toddlers as you are very close to the water edge. This path will take you to Dun Mill Lock. If you wish to continue your walk you will need to cross the bridge and continue on the other side of the canal. The terrain here changes and the path becomes grass. Take care when descending the slope as it could be slippy after a period of rain. Turn around and retrace your steps when ready!

Additional notes:

here are numerous benches along the way to rest or to simply stop and enjoy the views. In particular there are a number of benches by Dun Mill Lock.

Children will be able to enjoy the wildlife, including ducks, swans and cows! There will also be the odd train going by for the little train enthusiasts.

This is a great walk for dogs as well, with numerous nooks and crannies to explore and the canal to jump into!

18/09/2008 | Walk posted by Marie Houlden

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

18/09/2008 | Reviewed by cathy nettley

I did this walk after I had walked the other side of the canal. The terrain was slightly uneven but still
suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.